A digital start-up from Sheffield has won through to the semi-finals of a US competition to find the best family history website in the world.

Its website, Twile , is now in the running for a share of a $100,000 prize (£70,000).

Twile was started by Paul Brooks and Kelly Marsden in 2013 because they: “Wanted our children to know who their ancestors were, what they were like and show how that history connects with their own early years and onwards.”

The co-owners will present the site at a live pitching event at RootsTech – the largest family history event in the world. The conference, in Utah, next month, is expected to attract more than 23,000 people,

Twile allows users to securely upload photos to a timeline and invite members of the family to view them and upload their own.

Six finalists will go through to the Innovator Showdown, a live final on Friday, February 5, to win a share of $100,000.

Twile was launched as part of the DotForge Accelerator – a intensive development programme for six digital start-ups.